This course will explore scattering of quantum particles with both classical and quantum approaches, using examples from atomic, molecular and nuclear physics. Quantum effects will be explored through prototypical examples such as the Born approximation, Rutherford scattering and fusion processes. Descriptions will then be expanded to incorporate inelastic effects to mimic real scattering processes including the role of excited states and resonant processes. Semiclassical descriptions will be developed for high energy scattering, as well as approximation methods for lower energy processes, such as close-coupling and static exchange models. The course will also explore applications of scattering in various fields, such as atmospheric science and astrophysics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate and interpret cross sections, classical and quantal approaches to scattering, and the relevant aspects of atomic and nuclear structure;
- Develop, justify and apply approximations to make calculations of complex scattering problems in different energy regimes;
- Critically analyse real world scattering data in the context of the theory provided in the course;
- Apply scattering techniques to a variety of different areas in physics, evaluating the suitability and accuracy of the approaches used;
- Effectively communicate the results of scattering measurements and calculations, clearly and concisely discussing possible experimental and theoretical limitations.
- Pre-workshop problems/assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Workshop problems (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Modelling/simulation project (20) [LO 2,3,5]
- Exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Pre-workshop material coverage and questions should take approximately 4 hours per week. Weekly workshops will be 3 hours of length and there will be a 1 hour tutorial each week.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
None necessary, material will be provided as necessary.
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